There are a ton of ways to prepare kratom.
Of these, tea is one of the most common (for a good reason, too):
it provides a fast onset, more energetic effects, and quite a bit more…
Below, we’ll cover where tea is most effective, and how you can get the most from it.
Kratom tea has a somewhat different profile of effects than kratom powder. In general, the onset of kratom tea is much faster, and the experience is notably more stimulating. Although the pain-relieving effects of kratom tea are slightly lower, many have reported stronger euphoric effects.
Because of this, tea may not be the best for those who are looking for sedation and optimum pain relief
… however, those looking for increased energy and mood-boosting effects will definitely benefit from this method.
Even the infamous “wobbles” can be almost entirely avoided with filtered kratom tea, whereas as consuming the whole leaf straight can occasionally cause this unpleasant side effect.
If you want all the benefits of plain leaf and tea, you can brew kratom tea and consume the leftover powder along with.
This will provide quick-acting mood boost of tea, as well as the pain-killing and sedating effects (at around the 1 hour mark).
Because of the ordeal of drinking bitter kratom tea as well as consuming the powder, some may find this method difficult; however, it has been a favorite for many others.
While the method of preparation varies from person to person, there are a few guidelines that can help understand how it is made without loss of alkaloid content.
Powder, or crushed leaves, should be mixed into simmering water and kept at a stable temperature.
For kratom tea made from powder, the time needed to steep is much shorter than that of dried leaves, typically only around 10 minutes. With powder, the sign that the steeping is near to finish is when the powder no longer sits on the top of the water.
With crushed leaves, it is necessary to let them steep for closer to 30 to 40 minutes for best results.
Separating the liquid from powder, or leaves, is easier than commonly assumed. With leaves, one can simply use traditional straining techniques. With powder, a cheese cloth or coffee filter works great.
If not available, you can allow the tea to cool, and the powder will naturally sink to the bottom. At this point, one can simply pour the tea off of the top.
Of course — taste. The test of kratom tea devotion.
For many, especially those accommodated to sweeter goods, the taste of it can be intimidating.
Kratom tea tastes like an extremely earthy, and extremely potent green or oolong.
So … yes. It is pretty bitter.
But, over time it’s easy to get accommodated to it (in a way that would make Pavlov proud).
Sadly, there isn’t much information on how to mask this taste available besides what has been compiled from very select sources.
One of the most effective ways I found to mitigate the taste of kratom is chai mix.
Although it was only an experiment, the results were very surprising.
The bitterness of kratom is almost fully masked by spicy and earthy taste of chai blend
… and if you use a decent amount of milk and sugar, it can actually be enjoyable.
The trick for this method is to condense the kratom liquid down to around 3 to 4 ounces before mixing it with chai.
There are a variety of other kratom tea recipes that can help improve taste, one that I’ve seen used commonly is to chill the kratom tea, add ice and add one of many pump flavorings, which are often available for purchase at coffee shops.
One of the best flavorings for this purpose is a non-artificial raspberry flavoring, which can be commonly found at Polish or German stores.
Another choice is lemon juice, while not as effective as the above method, both can help considerably reduce kratom’s bitter taste.
Kratom tea is a great preparation method for anyone who prefers a more stimulating and euphoric kratom experience, and it should be tried by all kratom users.